"Great and unusual sci-fi"
In terms of the universe, perhaps the most unique
residents come from the planet Merculian. In every other
orb, sentient beings are either male or female. However,
Merculian has the distinction of every individual being a
hermaphrodite. Merculians contain male and female
reproductive organs and can impregnate every other member
of the species. Perhaps it is caused by their sexuality,
but no other race seems as homogenized as the Merculian
race is. To outsiders the entire species acts and behaves
the same in a sort of effeminate male type manner.
The Merculian National Dance Company is a nightmare for
any other world diplomats under the best of conditions as
they tour other planets. Led by Triani, somehow this group
lands smack in the middle of a civil war on planet Abulon.
To add to the dilemmas of the touring Merculians, one side
of the conflict kidnaps Triani's young lover Cham while the
other arrests Triani placing the troupe deep inside the
THE DANCE OF ABULON is a strange science fiction novel
that uses the premise of sexual identity to establish a
unique species touring the worlds of the more universal two
gender creatures. The bias and not so subtle distaste
towards the Merculians enable talented Carol Soles to
provide an entertaining social commentary though the Abulon
politics and civil war provide some action to the mix.
Still the tale works because readers believe that the race
of Merculians is plausible and the sexual bigotry towards
them for their natural make up shows how foolish and
defeating intolerance is.
Harriet Klausner /October, 2001
Copyright © 2001 for
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 26, 2001